Cruise ships are sometimes a place for an escape from the daily routine. They have many activities that you can do and have a variety of entertainment features. Sometimes, the technology associated with the cruise ships experience can have defects and even malfunctions, posing a threat to the passengers and crew members safety. There is a term known as “quality control” which involves the testing, maintenance, system operations, and installation of any piece of equipment. Crew members and passengers can endure severe injuries when any equipment is either operated improperly, not properly maintained, or has some sort of defect to it.
Do cruise ships have to perform quality control on their equipment? This question is very important, especially after someone has acquire an injury, a catastrophic injury, or a fatality due to an equipment malfunction or failure.
Defective Equipment on Board
Nothing in life is perfect, especially not technology. And with an increase in technology, there will be increases in accidents. An equipment may have defects, improperly handled, or become defective due to a number of factors. Some defective equipment you may find on a cruise ship are:
- Glass doors that slide
- Automatic opening doors
- Recreational equipment
- Electrical faltering
With every advancement in technology, there is a defect that comes along with it. If a defective equipment played a role in your injuries. You may pursue a lawsuit against those who were at fault, whether it be the cruise line company, crew members, patrons, and even manufacturers. Their negligence caused this traumatic event in your life and you must seek justice for your pain.
What Constitutes a Defective Equipment?
- Equipment that is broken
- Machinery that contains disabled, damaged or safety guards that are missing
- Equipment that has undergone temporary repairs, but failed to make the equipment safe from a potential accident
- Machinery that contains either a slow, defective, or an emergency STOP switch that does not work
If any equipment was not at the required standards, the people responsible for the equipment should have made sure it met all safety regulations. If they would have been more careful, they may have avoided the pain you are going through now. This is why, negligence should be paid for, especially when it involves someone getting wounded, or dying from their negligence. Seeking compensation is what these negligent people deserve.
How Does Equipment become defective?
Equipment can fail due to many variables. Some of those variables may involve negligence, while others can be acts of nature. Here are some reasons why an equipment can become faulty:
- Manufactured incorrectly
- Poor maintenance of the equipment
- Lightning strikes
- Wear and tear
- Voltage swells
- Ferro resonance
- Incorrectly installed
- Improperly used
When having to care for so many people, cruise line ships should ensure that every equipment they hold is safe and up to standards for not only passengers, but crew member’s safety as well. If they are aware of a faulty equipment, they should immediately have an expert come take a look at it before scheduling another cruise. Their lack of care can result them in having to pay for more than what they will get from a cruise, on top of acquiring a bad name to their cruise line, especially if any deaths have occurred.
Cruises Becoming More Popular
The luxury of being a part of a cruise ship has reached records in the United States. People want to get away from their stressful lives, or visit a loved one. The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, estimates that there were about 15 million people who boarded a cruise ship in 2010, and from those 15 million, about 3 million came from the Port of Miami. Although, faulty equipment may be a reason to seek a claim, not everything that goes wrong on your stay on board is the cruise ships responsibility. Some things that the cruise line may not be liable for are:
Acts that occurred because of nature: For example, a tsunami that floods cabins and results in damages of personal items, injuries, or loss of life. This is because that act was not done by anyone’s negligence.
Stolen property from rooms: Even though this may occur due to negligence, there is a set liability limit as to how much you can get from the stolen goods. Cruise companies provide contracts and tickets that set the limit.
A change in itinerary: If the cruise line changes you travel plans such as, cancelling, advancing, postponing, and even deviating from the plans, the cruise company can do so without being responsible if a passenger sets out a claim.
What We Can Do for You
These times may be hard on you. You may be dealing with an extreme amount of pain or suffering, and feel helpless. The worst part is that on top of all the damages you have gone through, you now have to deal with the hassle of filing a claim. Do not give up on doing so. We have an expertise in injuries suffered from faulty equipment from cruise ships. You do not have to take it upon yourself or feel like it is a hassle. We do all the work in making sure you are able to recover physically, and mentally. We care about your well-being and in reaching fairness for your harms.
You may feel lost with no guidance at all, but we hold your hand in every development that comes from your case. You should not be worrying about what will happen, or who can help you. We dedicate ourselves in being the best we can be in fighting for the your rights. If you have any questions you can reach us at (305)529-0001.
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